Burt Reynolds' Bandit Edition Trans Am Can Now Be Yours, So Get Excited

Find out how you can get behind the wheel of the Bandit's iconic ride.
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Find out how you can get behind the wheel of the Bandit's iconic ride.
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Get excited, people: Burt Reynolds is selling his personal 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Smokey and the Bandit replica at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. A similar car sold last year for $550,000, so don't plan on getting it for cheap.

This car is a replica because it began life as a lesser Formula Firebird, before its conversion to Pro-Touring specifications for Reynolds by Restore A Muscle Car. Thankfully, that conversion did not involve installation of a generic small block Chevy V8.

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Instead, Butler Performance enlarged the Pontiac big block V8 from 6.6 liters to 8.2 and bolted on high performance Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold and heads, along with other go-fast goodies to produce 600 horsepower of Smokey-eluding speed.

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Inside, you can see the car has been upgraded to a Tremec five-speed manual transmission from the four-speed it would have had back in the day. And, naturally, there's a CB radio for keeping tabs on speed traps and chatting with friendly truckers.

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Reynolds' ride rolls on 18-inch aluminum wheels styled in the manner of the 15-inch "snowflake" wheels used on the original cars. They are wrapped in Nitto drag radials for maximum acceleration.

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With its newfound oomph and CB radio, this is all Smokey is likely to see of this Bandit. Bring it home with a visit to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. 

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Or, if you prefer something a little newer, consider this modern Camaro-based Bandit, which Reynolds also promotes.